“Only” Four Indonesian Bird-Flu Deaths in the past Three weeks, is “good news for people.”
Funny how quickly we get accustomed to disaster!
Take the following news item today June 19, 2007 in the Jakarta Post.
Writing for the Jakarta Post on June 19, 2007, Emmy Fitri asks, “Are we missing the forest in the bird flu fight?”
She then goes on to make an amazing statement.
“The bird flu outbreak here seems to have died down, with only four fatalities recorded in the past three weeks. That is, of course, good news for people.”
She says, adding further, “But the health authorities and the National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness don’t appear to see it that way. They are still blaming the public for being ignorant of the deadly virus.”
It is a fairly long news item, with some what confusing and at times contradicting views.
My problem is not with the news item but the but with the normalisation of the Bird-Flu in Indonesia to such an extent, that four bird-flu deaths in three weeks are not that bad.
In fact “only” four deaths from the Bird-Flu is “good news for people”!
Imagine if there were four deaths from the Bird-flu in London or New York!
Any way, here is the full news item from Ms. Fitri :
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